Majority of New Yorkers Say Silver Should Resign, Poll Says
More than half of New York voters feel Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should step down from one of the most powerful jobs in Albany.
According to a Siena College poll released Monday, 52 percent say Silver should step down as speaker.
And Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity continues this year's trend of falling steadily, although it remains high.
According to the poll, the majority says Silver failed the people of New York and the women who accused former Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment by not addressing the issue appropriately and by not being completely honest.
Thirty-two percent feel Silver’s approach to the Lopez situation is not enough of a reason for him to step down as speaker.
A majority of voters favor passing all 10 points of Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, including the two abortion provisions, compared to one-third who would like to see nine points of the act passed, excluding those provisions.
Voters strongly support making New York law consistent with Roe v. Wade (60 to 24 percent) and current practice regarding late-term abortions (67 to 28 percent).
Cuomo's favorability rating, meanwhile, dipped to an all-time low of 58 percent, down from 64 percent the month before. His job performance rating dropped from 52 percent to 50 percent.
Fighting corruption in Albany leads the list of priorities for voters at 44 percent as the Legislature begins its final week of the current session, followed by the Women's Equality Act at 23 percent, public campaign financing at 13 percent, and passing the casino amendment at 12 percent.
Despite the governor's push for an initiative to let some businesses operate tax-free near SUNY campuses, the poll says only about a third of voters have heard of the Tax-Free New York plan.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Watertown, NY
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